Catherine Bonnes AM Scholarship



Catherine Bonnes AM founded the Hearing Centre in 1986 as a small support group under the banner of Better Hearing. In1990, the Centre was founded as it is today, being Incorporated in the October of 1995.


The Broken Hill & District Hearing Resource Centre Inc. is a voluntary based not-for-profit organisation governed by a Committee who support Deaf, hard of hearing people and people with an associated disorder of the ear in Broken Hill and surrounding Districts.


The Hearing Centre fills the gap between the Government Providers and private health professionals, our services are complementary to other allied health services within the Broken Hill and District area. Our services are available free of charge to Deaf, hard of hearing people, people who suffer from associated disorders of the ear, e.g.: Tinnitus/Meniere’s, their families and carers, to help provide a reduction in isolation/ depression caused by hearing loss or associated disorders of the ear.


The Catherine Bonnes AM Scholarship has been established by the Broken Hill & District Hearing Resource Centre Inc., with the view of assisting Deaf and hard of hearing people to further their education by undertaking post secondary studies.

  The Scholarship consists of financial assistance towards a degree at an accredited Australian university, college of advanced studies or other such intuitions deemed appropriate by the Scholarship panel. Recipients of the Scholarship will be known as “Catherine Bonnes AM Scholar”


The purpose:

  • To provide financial assistance to Deaf/hard of hearing people to assist and improve their participation and access to higher education  

  • To Increase education opportunities for Deaf and hard of hearing students from rural and remote communities, the indigenous community and non-English speaking backgrounds is of particular importance.




  • Australian citizens or permanent Australian residents

  • Turning 18 years of age in the year the scholarship is offered; preference may be given to applicants under the age of 25

  • Bona fide Deaf / hearing impaired persons, priority given to students with an educationally significant hearing impairment

  • Selected for admission to a recognised post secondary education course at a university, college of advanced education etc(full-time or part-time), or other such institutions deemed appropriate by the Scholarship Panel


What Scholarships will be available?

  At least one Scholarship each year will be available for assistance with tuition, text materials, computer/laptop or any other support considered necessary and approved by the Scholarship panel. The Catherine Bonnes AM Scholarship consists of financial assistance of $1,000 maximum to any one scholar.


Preference may be given to Deaf or hard of hearing applicants from one or more of the following;

  • Rural & remote area

  • Non-English speaking background

  • An indigenous person

  • Signing Deaf community


    Conditions of the Scholarship:


  • Scholarship funds must be expended in the year of the Scholarship being granted

  • A successful applicant withdrawing from the approved study program must notify the Broken Hill & District Hearing Resource Centre Inc. immediately and will forfeit any funds not expended

  • Applicants cannot be related to, or be a member of the Scholarship Panel

  • A scholar may re-apply in subsequent years

  • No scholarship will be granted to one individual student for more than a total of two consecutive years

  • Each Scholar will be required to provide a written report in the October of the Scholarship year covering their studies and activities throughout the year.


    How to Apply:


    Scholarship applications open on the 1st October 2019. Applications are invited from individuals across Australia.


    Application Form:

    Your application should include the following information:


  • Application form – personal details

  • A personal statement describing your academic intentions and other interests. This should include the area of purposed study and why you wish to be a Catherine Bonnes AM Scholar. Your statement must not exceed 1000 words and written in a direct manner. You must sign and date the statement in ink.

  • Final school academic transcript (attach copy)

  • Prior academic transcripts (if available)

  • University admissions notice (attach copy)

  • Photocopy of Birth Certificate or other proof of age and citizenship

  • Proof of residency eg: driver license (attach copy)



    Applications close on Friday December 21st 2019


Mail your application complete with relevant attachments to:


Catherine Bonnes AM Scholarship

Broken Hill & District Hearing Resource Centre Inc.                                           2018 Application Form

PO BOX 958

Broken Hill NSW 2880


Phone: (08) 808 86191 or 08 8088 2228          Contact: Anne Woods (CEO)



 Applications must arrive at the above address by close of business on the 21st of December 2019. Please ensure that you have provided all supporting documents with you application. Faxed or emailed applications will not be accepted.



All applications will be presented to the Broken Hill & District Hearing Resource Centre Inc Scholarship Panel. The winning applicant will be notified in writing, February of 2019. All applications will be acknowledged. The decision of the Scholarship Panel is final and no further discussion will be entered into.


How to Donate:
Donations to the Catherine Bonnes AM Scholarship Fund may be made by:

PO Box 958
Broken Hill NSW 2880                     Phone: 08 8088 2228 – Anne Woods (CEO)

In person:
Broken Hill & District Hearing Resource Centre Inc.
187 Argent St
Broken Hill NSW 2880

A tax deductible receipt will be forwarded.


At the Hearing Centre, we're proud to be part of the Broken Hill community and through the Catherine Bonnes AM Scholarship would like to reaffirm our commitment of assisting Deaf and hard of hearing people not only in Broken Hill but throughout Australia. We believe that together we can make a difference.


2013 Scholar

Simon Mahoney

2013 Scholar

Scott Simpson

2014 Scholar

Sara Barendreght

2015 Scholar

Heather Bowie (Left)